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Songwriters in the Round

Robbie Cavanagh, David Starr & Bruise

Live Music
Sunday 27th May 19:30 - 23:00

Guilty Pleasures are pleased to announce this very special event. Songwriters In the Round to be held at 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool. This will be a lovely intimate evening wiith 3 amazing acts, beautiful melodies and yes there will still be cake!

ROBBIE CAVANAGH

A self confessed devotee of 'real music', Robbie Cavanagh is not defined by genres. Taking influence and inspiration from old school country and western, modern americana, pop, blues, soul, folk, rock, metal and everything in between.

The only rules are good musicians, real instruments, great microphones and performance with emotion. Capturing sound, not producing it.

Robbie Cavanagh performs self penned, unscrubbed tales of heartbreak, loss, love and discovery, and when he puts pen to paper, he lives by his own words. 'The more you wrestle with an idea, the more contrived it becomes'. Robbie writes with honesty, emotion, and most importantly; instinct.

Robbie's sophomore record (To Leave/To Be Left, released on At The Helm Records, Oct 2017) proves that he is quite right to trust those instincts. To Leave/To Be Left frames 11 original tracks, recorded almost entirely live, full of feeling, passion, tasteful instrumentation and instinctive performance, captured with good quality, warm, vintage microphones. Though the record has received high praise from fans and music professionals, it's Robbie's live performance that has really turned heads and attracted the much deserved attention.

Stepping out on stage with his long hair, Levi's and Doc Martens, a fender telecaster over his shoulder and a well earned confidence in his chest, Robbie can hardly open his mouth without too opening his heart. Performance is Robbie's way of channelling emotion and his passion and energy are incredibly contagious.

Robbie also worked with BBC Radio 2's Whispering Bob Harris, recording live sessions in his house and his studio and being played on his Radio 2 show numerous times. Bob's company 'Under The Apple Tree' have also been heavily involved with Robbie's music, inviting him to perform at festivals and showcases across the UK as well as Bob hosting Robbie's record launch show in Harrogate in 2017.

DAVID STARR

David Starr grew up in Northwest Arkansas and started playing drums at 10, then picked up guitar at 13. He has released eight albums (including The Head and Heart) and opened shows for Survivor, Clint Black, Restless Heart, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Guess Who.

“David Starr has a voice you will never forget. His music is authentic, his songs are honest, full of emotion and truth. His new EP, The Head and Heart, is a showcase for his classic songwriting style and wonderful guitar playing.” – John Oates

BRUISE

BRUISE are Isobel and Jim Kimberley and they blend the songwriting sensibilities of Joni Mitchell, the production values of Genesis and the epic pop of the Eurhythmics and you come close to describing what Bruise have on offer. Bruise are a unique proposition and the range of their work –from the glorious gritty aggression of their first album “B”’ to the thoughtful tenderness of their newest release “In Animal Character” – Bruise’s voice is authentic and innovative.

June

Bob Collum and the Welfare Mothers

+ Red Moon Joe & Mudcat Landing

Live Music
Friday 8th Jun 20:00 - 11:30

Heaven's Gate are delighted to present, for the music loving community of Liverpool and Merseyside, Bob Collum and the Welfare Mothers with support from Mudcat Landing and Red Moon Joe (trio).

Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers: Go West young man! And so they did. Except for one guy, Bob Collum. He went East. Trading his home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma for the marshy plains of the Thames Estuary in Essex, bringing with him a country tinged power-pop with a healthy sense of irony. Bob’s songs deliver a wry glimpse at life, love, death and .... Home decorating. All this is backed by the sensational Welfare Mothers. Although only one is a mother and none are on welfare at the moment, they remain the tightest band this side of the Thames Delta.

Tony Slattery

Crimes Against Improv Show

Stand-Up Comedy
Friday 15th Jun 19:30 - 21:30

Whose Line is it Anyway Star and inaugural Perrier Comedy Awards winner Tony Slattery returns to where his comedic heart truly lies; with his brand-new, headlining, all-star improvisation show.  Welcoming a hand-picked selection of old friends and the fresh cream of  talent, Tony invites you to wallow in a frantic, relentless, and 100% spontaneous exercising of the chuckle muscles.

Emma Tricca plus Winnebago

Live Music
Saturday 23rd Jun 19:30

In life and music, Emma Tricca is an explorer. Just as ‪Davey Graham set sail for Morocco and ‪Vashti Bunyan for the Outer Hebrides in search of their elusive ‪muse, Rome-raised singer-songwriter Tricca has journeyed to London, New York, Texas and further afield to seek the heart of her own music. And like those renowned voyagers, she’s returned with a set of songs that refresh the tired old folk form. Tricca’s new album St Peter – created with a cast of supporting artists including global icon ‪Judy Collins, ‪Sonic Youth’s ‪Steve Shelley and Dream Syndicate guitarist Jason Victor – takes a bracing plunge into the unknown, leaving the folksinger tag far behind with a rolling collection of reverie-inducing raw diamonds.‬‬‬‬‬‬

Winnebago are a band of five dudes based in Manchester and the Yorkshire Hills sharing a love for all things Alt-Country. Expect no nonsense Americana Rock N Roll and a sound like Gram Parsons on speed wearing a Nudie Cohn Suit.

July

Siobhan Wilson & Esme Bridie

Live Music
Friday 6th Jul 19:30

Siobhan Wilson is quite the musical alchemist, creating an entrancing, intimate atmosphere with an enigmatic combination of her pure voice & mesmeric guitar playing. Siobhan’s story begins in Scotland, whilst studying classical music at school by day and prying apart her father’s record collection by night. The likes of Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and Nina Simone informed her inquisitive young ears, and the likes of Regina Spektor and Madeline Peyroux inspired the music you can hear today. A well-travelled and manifold artist, she has led a musical life in various places: In France, where she relinquished the classical world for a burgeoning interest in jazz, immersing herself in the music of Thelonious Monk and Ella Fitzgerald, and the United States, where she recorded her first record in the musically fertile ground of Woodstock.

An Audience with Henry Priestman

‘Tall Tales & Short Stories from 40 years in Pop’ 

Live Music
Sunday 8th Jul 14:00 - 16:30

Don’t miss out on this one-off opportunity to catch Henry in conversation with writer/broadcaster Paul Skillen, and singing the odd song from his eclectic back catalogue. (PS audience participation encouraged, including heckling!) It’s an incredible 41 years since Stiff Records released the classic cult single “Suffice To Say” by Liverpool band Yachts, with Henry Priestman as writer and keyboard player. Since then Henry has worked in so many different capacities within the music biz: founder member of It’s Immaterial and, following that, The Christians (for whom he wrote all the songs on their 1987 triple-platinum debut), a veritable roll-call of sessions for fellow North West luminaries including Lightening Seeds, Johnny Marr, Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie/Mighty Wah, Ian McNabb, and Echo & The Bunnymen....and he even shared a mic and a #1 single with Paul McCartney! 

Then there’s his production/co-writing work (with/for such diverse characters as Graham Gouldman, Mark Owen, Jason Donovan, Desmond Child, Lamont Dozier, Suggs, Cerys Matthews and Aled Jones) to say nothing of his film and TV work (BBC Natural World, ads, and Xbox James Bond game etc). But it’s in the last 10 years that he’s really managed to find complete artistic satisfaction (and what fun he’s had too), nowadays his work being mainly taken up with writing/recording his own albums (3 in total so far), and touring the UK, with his partner-in-crime Les Glover, mixing ramshackle chaos & tear-jerking poignancy in equal measures. You could say he’s managed to cram quite a bit into those 41 years!

August

Roxanne De Bastion

'Tales from the Rails' UK Tour

Live Music
Friday 3rd Aug 20:00 - 23:00

Roxanne de Bastion announces a stripped back acoustic tour to celebrate the launch of her first book, 'Tales From The Rails'.  The book is a collection of stories, which takes the reader from RDB's very first open mic event in the UK through to her set at Glastonbury Festival in 2016.   RDB sings deep and delicate songs that dance between left-of-the-middle pop and 60's inspired rock. Her 2017 release 'Heirlooms & Hearsay' made the UK independent music scene take note: from BBC Radio 6 Music, to Clash, FATEA and R2 Magazine, the nation is falling in love with the London / Berlin artist, who delivers sharp social commentary with a pure and instantly recognisable voice.  Over the past 18 months, de Bastion has opened for the Wainwright Sisters, Thea Gilmore & Lambchop, toured in the US and has graced Cambridge Folk Festival's stage 2. 

Thomas Truax

Support from Faniel Dord

Live Music
Saturday 18th Aug 19:30

Merging a fevered imagination and solid song writing with a mad scientist's brain for weird gadgets, American singer Thomas Truax is a true one-off. UNCUT magazine says "Truax is shaping up nicely as one of the great rock eccentrics" while Splendid magazine called him "one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you've never heard of...an exceptional talent."  His evolving "band" of self-made sound sculptures include a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called 'Mother Superior' and a souped up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', but he never leaves his trusty guitar out of the equation too long. Thomas crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with things lunar, including various reasons 'Why Dogs Howl at The Moon'. His nine studio LPs include highly-rated covers album 'Songs from The Films Of David Lynch'.  Notable supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, The Dresden Dolls, Bob Log III and the late author Terry Pratchett. A new album ‘All that Heaven Allows’ has been garnering national airplay on BBC6 and extremely positive reviews. "His gigs are extraordinary, fizzing with showmanship." -Q